Brexit – Time for a EU-turn?

Marcel Bruins How I wish that ‘Brexit’ was a morning cereal that you would take when you’re constipated. Alas, this is not the...

The OECD Seed Schemes

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development offers an inside look at how seed schemes are helping facilitate import and export of seed in order to help the industry...

Faith Based and Seed Focused

“I see incorporation of seed as an investment in capacity building, allowing our international partners to enhance their own skills and programs focused on food security and ultimately economic...

Exposure: The Common Thread

Peruvian born Juan Marroquin, nicknamed “J.J.”, landed a job in California as a melon breeder with international HM. Clause Inc. – Group Limagrain. He was simply elated. Truly he...

Not All Benefits Relate to the Bottom Line

In a Bangladeshi village, Loretta Byrnes hosts a group of female farmers to teach them about improved rice planting techniques, but what she learned from them might prove more...

Importing: A Vegetable Seed Dilemma

Vegetable seed production in lesser-developed countries yields tough challenges and is often viewed as an untenable risk. Yet, there’s a local need and desire for high-quality seed. Local, regional and...

Scaling Up is the Challenge

Nestled up in the northwest corner of Ghana, is an entrepreneurial group of female farmers keen on gaining skills, generating revenue and reputations as Quality Seed producers. Several kilometers...

Can We Change West Africa’s Future?

Definitively yes! And immediately, having full conscience that we are operating in a place where crop failure is not only an economic problem, but also a life-threatening issue. The...

Moving Beyond Subsistence

Possessing the only motored bicycle in his community in 2006, George Awuni found himself functioning as an ambulance carrying sick people to the hospital, even though he worked for...
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Passions Run High in Pakistan

The people of Pakistan exhibit nothing if not passion. Those hailing from agriculturally prominent Punjab, the country’s second largest province, are no exception. The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF)...

Why the Brexit Vote Result has UK Scientists Terrified

Brexit — the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union — is raising urgent questions for the future of the UK. Among the many communities gobsmacked by Thursday night’s voting...

Roy Cantrell on Meeting Norman Borlaug and Training the Next Generation of Hunger-Fighters

Roy Cantrell is a Florida-based plant breeding consultant with a long history working to feed the world. He's also a mentor for the Borlaug Scholars program. We chatted with...

Technology Adoption: A Catch-22

In preparation for planting African evaluation trials, Kristin Bilyeu works to increase 200 soybean lines under the Mississippi sun. Developing adaptable high yielding varieties for the low-latitude tropics is...

Same Goal, Different Pathways

Last fall, three African soybean breeders visited the University of Missouri and University of Illinois, in collaboration with the U.S. Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL), to observe advanced plant breeding...

The View From an Agroecologist’s Back Porch

If I’m a smallholder farmer in sub-Saharan Africa, what questions or fears might cloud the merits of adopting soybean, a “darling” crop for development in the region? “I’ve never even...

Jerry Flint: Diversity Paves the Way for Progress

He didn’t realize it at the time, but the rural Ohio farm Jerry Flint grew up on provided experience and perspective that still serves him today.  Farms in the 1970s...
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Apps that Drive Change: Q&A with Vilas Rao

Creating cohesive teams and digital tools that impact the seed industry is at the heart of what Vilas Rao, The Climate Corporation vice president of strategy, focuses on daily. Seed...
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Sizing Up the Seed Sector

With the adoption of new technology around the globe, and more mouths to feed, the seed industry is experiencing rapid growth. What size is the global seed industry today...

Jeff Weber Has Advice For People Entering Sales

At the 30th Annual Independent Seed Association Conference in Indian Wells, California, Alex Martin sat down with Jeff Weber, Seed Treatment Lead of the Eastern Region for Nufarm Americas. Did...

A Fixer at the DNA Level: Q&A with Mark Massoudi

Mark Massoudi, president of Ag Biotech, Inc., shares his excitement for fixing things at the DNA level and for Ag Biotech's new Seed Health Lab. Seed World: What's your favorite...